Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Nurse Corps Veteran Mary Elizabeth Shuler Lefebre. Mary served from 1941 to 1946 as a nurse during World War II.

She trained in Charleston, South Carolina, for two years before sailing for North Africa in 1943. Mary worked in the operating room of a hospital in North Africa for one year where she took care of many patients, including many Italian prisoners of war. She then worked at a hospital in Northern Italy from October 1944 to March 1945.

After her service, Mary received a degree in public health at the University of Chicago on the GI Bill. She then worked as a visiting nurse in New Haven, Connecticut and later as a school nurse. Mary passed away on Aug. 13, 2016 at the age of ninety-eight.

We honor your service, Mary.

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at

Graphic By Joanna Specht: Joanna Specht is a student at Black Hawk College with a Major in Visual Communication. 

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Published on Oct. 9, 2017

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